Falkirk council car park deserted after charges introduced

The car park at the municipal buildings in Falkirk has been deserted since charges were introduced this week
The car park at the municipal buildings in Falkirk has been deserted since charges were introduced this week

Parking charges came into force at Falkirk Town Hall and Municipal Building - and since then the car park has been almost deserted.

Motorists have been charged to park at the buildings since last Monday, with two hours parking costing £2 and four hours £3.80. Permit-only parking will be retained at the rear of the town hall for council staff.

The changes were not popular with shop and office workers who utilised the free parking close to the town centre and visitors to the council, who could park at the side of the town hall for free who now also have to pay.

The council spent £36,000 on parking ticket machines and implementing the scheme and hoped to make around £92,000 a year from parking charges.

However, a town centre worker who used the free car park regularly called the changes ‘daft’.

The woman said: “The new rules are daft, the spaces are far enough from town that shoppers won’t pay to use them and workers can’t use them because the maximum you can park is four hours.

“This is council money down the drain.”

An employee at the Westbank Day Hospital adjacent to the car park also hit out at the charges. The person, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “Community psychiatric nurses based at Westbank face having to pay several times a day as they are in and out visiting patients. We have been allocated some passes for the back car park but it will be a lucky dip who gets them.”

A spokesperson for Falkirk Council said Westbank Day Hospital had been allocated 16 passes to use at the permit only area - the same number they had in the old parking system.

An NHS Forth Valley spokesperson said the passes would be given out on a needs basis.